Photo taken at a fast-food wage protest in Virginia in May 2014, by Bernard Pollack
The Baffler,  September 5, 2014

Daily Bafflements

Photo taken at a fast-food wage protest in Virginia in May 2014, by Bernard Pollack


• The fast-food strike spread to over 150 cities yesterday, and hundreds of protesters were arrested, including a congresswoman from Wisconsin.

• Here is a totally bonkers corporate songbook from IBM in 1937, with “hymnals” that deifty the corporate leaders. Ars Technica gives us a scan of the whole thing, including such ditties as “T. J. Watson, we all honor you, / You’re so big and so square and so true, / We will follow and serve with you forever, / All the world must know what I. B. M. can do.”

• There will be (at least) thirteen candidates running for federal office this November who advocate the seizing and selling of public lands for private interests. Just so you know.

• You may have heard by now that former governor of Virginia Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen were convicted on Thursday of conspiracy, bribery, and corruption. But that’s not the only important news to come out of Richmond yesterday; an intrepid Style Weekly journo posted this video of sadly departed Joan Rivers interviewing the sadly departed front man of Gwar, back when she had a daytime talk show. Watch Gwar crack her up with a joke about “Uranus,” and watch her crack Gwar up with a dig about Sally Jessy Raphael. It’s really something. Happy Friday, everyone.

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